throw (someone or something) into (something)

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throw (someone or something) into (something)

1. Literally, to hurl someone or something forcefully into something or some place. They threw the book into the well so no one would find it. The car came to a sudden halt, throwing the driver into the road.
2. To suddenly or forcefully put someone or something into a particular condition, position, or situation. I hope they throw that no-good senator in jail for this. He threw the car into gear and sped away from the scene. The gunshot threw the crowd into chaos.
3. To apply or devote someone, something, or oneself to some activity or endeavor. John's been throwing himself into his work to deal with his grief. The political party has thrown all their resources into getting the candidate elected.
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throw someone or something into something

 and throw someone or something in
to cast or hurl someone or something into something. The cops threw Max into jail again. The warden opened the cell door and threw in the prisoner. We threw the aluminum cans in the bin.
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throw oneself into something

1. Lit. to jump into something, such as a body of water. He stood on the bridge and threw himself into the river because he was unhappy with life.
2. Fig. to dress in something hurriedly. She threw herself into the dress. He just threw himself into his tux and ran on stage.
3. Fig. to enter into or join something eagerly and wholeheartedly. Todd always threw himself into a project from start to finish. She threw herself into the project and helped immensely.
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throw oneself into

Enter or engage in a project with enthusiasm, as in Nora threw herself into making the invitations. This idiom uses throw in the sense of "fling impetuously," a usage dating from about 1200.
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throw into

1. To put someone or something suddenly or forcefully into some condition, position, or activity: The funny movie threw him into a fit of laughter.
2. To devote, apply, or direct someone or something to someone or something: The committee threw all of its resources into the fundraiser. The students threw themselves into their homework.
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References in classic literature ?
But fear, that blind, useless passion, worked another way, and threw us into the vapours; it bewildered our understandings, and set the imagination at work to form a thousand terrible things that perhaps might never happen.
Then when my husband and I did start trying, we found we couldn't conceive naturally, which threw us into a total tailspin.
The impact of the collision threw us into the water.
Emma Bunton threw us into confusion when she ventured outside without a scrap of slap.
Ever since they surprised [General Douglas] MacArthur in November 1950 and nearly threw us into the sea, I have had the feeling that they might pull another surprise attack--this one on Task Force 77.
Both escaped injury, but McRae gasped: "The car gripped the bank and threw us into the wildest of rides.